Announcing the 2023 NSW Sustainability Awards Finalists: Celebrating New South Wales’ Progress in Sustainability

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The 2023 NSW Sustainability Awards presentation is just around the corner, and the Banksia Foundation is pleased to announce the finalists for this year’s event. With a total of 35 contenders across 12 distinct categories, these awards celebrate innovation, commitment, and dedication to sustainability in NSW. (see below for finalist details)

The NSW Sustainability Awards are an important opportunity to take a moment to recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of these various individuals, organisations, and projects acknowledging their efforts and contributions. Through this public recognition, we give others confidence and inspiration that there are exciting prospects which can bring about change.

This year’s introduction of the Climate Technology Impact Award drew much attention as is reflected in the four finalists chosen. “It is exciting to see so many innovative businesses developing technologies that have the potential to address climate change” reflects Graz van Egmond, CEO, Banksia Foundation.

The NSW Government is sponsoring the awards to support those taking effective action on climate change and recognise finalists for their innovation and commitment as an investment in the future.

The winners in each category will be announced at the 2023 NSW Sustainability Awards Ceremony, to be held on Thu 7th Dec 2023 at Australian National Maritime Museum. This event promises to be a celebration of sustainability achievements, a showcase of innovative ideas, and a moment to honour those who are working tirelessly to create a more sustainable future for NSW.

For more information about the 2023 NSW Sustainability Awards, please visit the Banksia website.


The 2023 NSW Sustainability Awards Finalist are: 

Biodiversity Award
• Cooling The Schools Sydney
• Randwick City Council
• Upper Murrumbidgee Demonstration Reach

Circular Economy Award
• Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (SSROC)
• The Reconnect Project

Climate Technology Impact Award
• BGIS & Cresstec – REED HVAC-R Optimisation Technology
• Green Eco Technologies
• SIMPaCT: Smart Irrigation Management for Parks and Cool Towns
• Wattwatchers Digital Energy

Communications for Impact Award
• Action4Agriculture
• Return and Earn NSW Container Deposit Scheme

Large Business Sustainable Leadership Award
• Opal HealthCare
• Port of Newcastle
• Teachers Mutual Bank Limited

Minister’s Young Climate Champion
• Belltrees Public School
• Blacktown North Public School
• Cowra Public School
• Tarrawanna Public School

Net Zero Action Award
• Orica
• Penguin Random House ANZ
• Rheem Australia Pty Ltd

Placemaking Award
• Parramatta Light Rail Stage 1
• SIMPaCT: Smart Irrigation Management for Parks and Cool Towns

Primary Industries and Regional Development Award
• Lorraine Gordon
• Oceanfarmr
• University of New England

Responsible Supply Award
• Underwear for Humanity
• Ventia

SME Sustainable Leadership Award
• Joonga Land and Water Aboriginal Corporation
• Randwick City Council
• Underwear for Humanity

Sustainable Tourism Award
• Kestrel Nest EcoHut / Highfield Farm & Woodland
• Kosciuszko Thredbo Pty Ltd
• Take 3 for the Sea
• Taronga Conservation Society Australia

About the 2023 NSW Sustainability Awards

The NSW Sustainability Awards shines light on the remarkable achievements of individuals, organisations, and communities across NSW. By aligning with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we amplify the impact of these outstanding efforts to address our pressing environmental and social challenges.

Through the support of the NSW Government, we are dedicated to fostering sustainable practices and positive change throughout New South Wales. Our mission is to be the catalyst of transformative action that will drive sustainable innovation, inspire collaboration, and ultimately create a more sustainable future for the people and environment of NSW.

About the Banksia Foundation

The Banksia Foundation collaborates with government, business, and community to create awards, events, and programs that promote sustainable solutions.

Part of why Banksia exists is to show what is possible when individuals and organisations focus on positive environmental and social outcomes. As the world continues to evolve, global sustainability is non-negotiable.

No matter how big or small, everyone has an opportunity to create change and make an impact.

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